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How Can You Get Rid Of Pet Dander For Asthma
Very difficult: It is very difficult to get rid of pet allergen , particularly cat or dog allergen, unless the animal is removed from the home. There have been various washing techniques proposed but these are very short lived fixes ( last only a matter of hours). Hepa filtration has not been very effective either. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on source: Cough from "allergies " often has an asthma mechanism and/or is related to post nasal drip from allergic rhinitis. Eliminating/minimizing the allergic exposure, when possible is best done. Treating the allergic rhinitis (nasal cs, antihistamines, etc.) and/ the asthma/"asthma like" syndrome (inhaled cs, bronchodilators,etc.) should work. Desensitization, when indicated, is another option. ...Read more
Mold: the elevated humidity in the basement allows molds to thrive. Be sure the basement is not covered with carpeting and the drainage is adequate around your house. Molds also thrive in stagnant air and thus some air movement at all times would help to reduce the humidity as well. Remove anything which has been infested with mold (drywall, particle boards ete) Unclutter! ...Read more
Allergy shots: Treatment for cat allergy includes avoiding cats (not keeping them at home), medications to treat symptoms, and for long term relief, allergy injections (allergy shots). An allergist can review the benefits and risks of allergy shots. This is the only disease modifying strategy to relieve symptoms long term. ...Read more
Lots of work.: Declutter entire bedroom/ home. Check this site for instructions: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/ place all junk in tightly sealed plastic & dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation.Steam clean what you can't place in drier. Vacuum everything using a disposable bag. Seal bag &. ...Read more
May Have To Give Up: You can try medication (antihistamines and/or steroid nose sprays), neti pot, wash the cat regularly to remove dander, clean and vacuum the house frequently to reduce the dander in the house, limit the range where the cat can roam in the house, ban the cat from areas you spend the most time (bedroom), etc. ...Read more
Allergy shots: Allergy shots are designed to slowly help you build tolerance to those things that you are allergic to. Speak to an allergist about all of your options and this one specifically. ...Read more
Move- but: It is nearly impossible to get rid of pollen exposure unless you confine yourself to a room with purified area (HEPA or AC) . If the symptoms are severe, allergy shots would be a good solution by modifying your body's allergic response to them since living in a bubble is not the option most people choose. See allergist. ...Read more
Probably not: Because asthma has a genetic component to it, in most cases you can't get "rid" of or "outgrow" asthma, you can only control it. Remember, asthma is inflammation, and studies suggest that even when patients feel fine and have no asthma symptoms there is likely some underlying inflammation present in the airways at all times. Conditions that mimic asthma (like bronchitis) can resolve completely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
House dust: To get rid of house dust, vacuum with a filtered vacuum. Accompany this with dusting the furniture with special rags that attract dust to them. Depending on the dust outside your home and how well your home is insulated, you may need to do all this frequently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are rhinitis related to vasomotor instability, pregnancy, abnormal thyroid function and thus there is no one single answer. For vasomotor rhinitis, the usual nasal steroid may possibly be helpful (although I am not convinced yet) but a nasal antihistamine spray may work better. You can often control the symptoms but getting rid of it will require a nose transplant :) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your ENT: "doc, i got sinus" can and does mean a variety of different things to different people. It could be a physically blocked off nose, helped by surgery. It could be allergies, best treated by medications and/or allergy shots. It could be chronic sinusitis, treated with different medications and antibiotics. Your local md will be able to figure out what you need to feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion ?
Fever: The main difference between allergic congestion and a virus is that allergies don't cause fever. If you don't have a fever, look at the duration - congestion from a virus typically lasts less than a week. Nasal steroid sprays work best for the congestion of allergies; if severe, the use of decongestant nasal sprays for 5 days or less will offer the best relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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